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The 2012 election will be one of the hardest-fought in U.S. history. It is also likely to be one of the closest, a fact that brings concerns about voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence in the conduct of elections front and center. If we don't take notice, we could see another debacle like the Bush-Gore Florida recount of 2000 in which courts and lawyers intervened in w The 2012 election will be one of the hardest-fought in U.S. history. It is also likely to be one of the closest, a fact that brings concerns about voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence in the conduct of elections front and center. If we don't take notice, we could see another debacle like the Bush-Gore Florida recount of 2000 in which courts and lawyers intervened in what should have involved only voters. Who's Counting? will focus attention on many problems of our election system, ranging from voter fraud to a slipshod system of vote counting that noted political scientist Walter Dean Burnham calls �the most careless of the developed world.” In an effort to clean up our election laws, reduce fraud and increase public confidence in the integrity of the voting system, many states ranging from Georgia to Wisconsin have passed laws requiring a photo ID be shown at the polls and curbing the rampant use of absentee ballots, a tool of choice by fraudsters. The response from Obama allies has been to belittle the need for such laws and attack them as akin to the second coming of a racist tide in American life. In the summer of 2011, both Bill Clinton and DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz preposterously claimed that such laws suppressed minority voters and represented a return to the era of Jim Crow. But voter fraud is a well-documented reality in American elections. Just this year, a sheriff and county clerk in West Virginia pleaded guilty to stuffing ballot boxes with fraudulent absentee ballots that changed the outcome of an election. In 2005, a state senate election in Tennessee was overturned because of voter fraud. The margin of victory? 13 votes. In 2008, the Minnesota senate race that provided the 60th vote needed to pass Obamacare was decided by a little over 300 votes. Almost 200 felons have already been convicted of voting illegally in that election and dozens of other prosecutions are still pending. Public confidence in the integrity of elections is at an all-time low. In the Cooperative Congressional Election Study of 2008, 62% of American voters thought that voter fraud was very common or somewhat common. Fear that elections are being stolen erodes the legitimacy of our government. That's why the vast majority of Americans support laws like Kansas's Secure and Fair Elections Act. A 2010 Rasmussen poll showed that 82% of Americans support photo ID laws. While Americans frequently demand observers and best practices in the elections of other countries, we are often blind to the need to scrutinize our own elections. We may pay the consequences in 2012 if a close election leads us into pitched partisan battles and court fights that will dwarf the Bush-Gore recount wars.


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The 2012 election will be one of the hardest-fought in U.S. history. It is also likely to be one of the closest, a fact that brings concerns about voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence in the conduct of elections front and center. If we don't take notice, we could see another debacle like the Bush-Gore Florida recount of 2000 in which courts and lawyers intervened in w The 2012 election will be one of the hardest-fought in U.S. history. It is also likely to be one of the closest, a fact that brings concerns about voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence in the conduct of elections front and center. If we don't take notice, we could see another debacle like the Bush-Gore Florida recount of 2000 in which courts and lawyers intervened in what should have involved only voters. Who's Counting? will focus attention on many problems of our election system, ranging from voter fraud to a slipshod system of vote counting that noted political scientist Walter Dean Burnham calls �the most careless of the developed world.” In an effort to clean up our election laws, reduce fraud and increase public confidence in the integrity of the voting system, many states ranging from Georgia to Wisconsin have passed laws requiring a photo ID be shown at the polls and curbing the rampant use of absentee ballots, a tool of choice by fraudsters. The response from Obama allies has been to belittle the need for such laws and attack them as akin to the second coming of a racist tide in American life. In the summer of 2011, both Bill Clinton and DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz preposterously claimed that such laws suppressed minority voters and represented a return to the era of Jim Crow. But voter fraud is a well-documented reality in American elections. Just this year, a sheriff and county clerk in West Virginia pleaded guilty to stuffing ballot boxes with fraudulent absentee ballots that changed the outcome of an election. In 2005, a state senate election in Tennessee was overturned because of voter fraud. The margin of victory? 13 votes. In 2008, the Minnesota senate race that provided the 60th vote needed to pass Obamacare was decided by a little over 300 votes. Almost 200 felons have already been convicted of voting illegally in that election and dozens of other prosecutions are still pending. Public confidence in the integrity of elections is at an all-time low. In the Cooperative Congressional Election Study of 2008, 62% of American voters thought that voter fraud was very common or somewhat common. Fear that elections are being stolen erodes the legitimacy of our government. That's why the vast majority of Americans support laws like Kansas's Secure and Fair Elections Act. A 2010 Rasmussen poll showed that 82% of Americans support photo ID laws. While Americans frequently demand observers and best practices in the elections of other countries, we are often blind to the need to scrutinize our own elections. We may pay the consequences in 2012 if a close election leads us into pitched partisan battles and court fights that will dwarf the Bush-Gore recount wars.

30 review for Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    This was not a pleasant book to read, but it is the sort of important book to read that demonstrates a great deal of the corruption within the American political system.  Through by no means absolving the Republicans of their own efforts at gaming the system, this book really focuses on the way that Democrats have systematically threatened and undermined the legitimacy of the American Republic through a variety of types of voter fraud that has been supported through dog whistling and making fall This was not a pleasant book to read, but it is the sort of important book to read that demonstrates a great deal of the corruption within the American political system.  Through by no means absolving the Republicans of their own efforts at gaming the system, this book really focuses on the way that Democrats have systematically threatened and undermined the legitimacy of the American Republic through a variety of types of voter fraud that has been supported through dog whistling and making fallacious accusations of racism among those who would wish to stop it.  This book goes into considerable detail about how such fraud is conducted, why it is that the American Republic is so vulnerable to it, and how it is that efforts to remedy this fraud are fought every step of the way by political figures and bureaucrats who are either deluded are deeply involved in such corruption themselves who do not wish their own positions to be threatened through the enforcement of reasonable standards of justice to ensure the integrity of the voting process, all of which makes for painful but worthwhile reading. In thirteen chapters that take up about 250 pages or so, the authors manage to discuss some dark corners of the United States and the behavior of Obama and Clinton's corrupt Justice Departments that few people are likely aware of.  The authors begin with the crisis of voting confidence that exists within the United States (1) over concerns about the legitimacy of elections.  After that the authors discuss the curious blindness that many Democratic politicians have about the reality of voter fraud in light of the widespread cynicism about the legitimacy of elections (2).  Then there is a discussion about the battle over ID requirements and the myth of the disenfranchised voter (3).  The author then looks at the way that Democrats shoot the messengers who give them news they don't want to hear (4), the problem of noncitizen voting (5), and the abuses of absentee ballots (6) by vote thieves.  The authors take Holder's justice department to task (7), look at two-step voter fraud in Tennessee (8), discuss the fraud behind the hostility to the electoral college (9), give a brutal discussion of how a machine steals an entire Mississippi town (10), and discusses the reality of voter fraud as a cinematic experience (11).  The authors then close with a discussion of America's troops as the real disenfranchised voters (12) as well as offer some suggestions of what is to be done (13). This book is written by two people who happen to know a lot about voter fraud, one of them from his work in the Justice department and the other as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.  The authors at least attempt to be nonpartisan, despite the fact that voter fraud leans heavily in the direction of the Democrats as it has been practiced traditionally and at present in the United States.  The authors look at the complex series of factors that is involved in voter fraud including the insane level of importance that Democrats place on holding power in government because of their lack of interest and skill in the private sector, and the greater vulnerability of the poor as opposed to the middle class to appeals of money and food in exchange for votes for a particular slate of "Progressive" politicians.  The book is damning, and one that should be required reading in any civics course that wishes to explore the legitimacy of the American republic, and that is certainly a book that will give a picture about some of the dark forces that motivate our current political crisis.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dann Todd

    This was a frustrating book for me to read. Voter fraud is an issue that attracts my attention. Everyone should have the right to vote....once. The first half of the book is a compendium of voter fraud tactics that are used by Democrats AND Republicans routinely use to skew election results. Due to my past attention to this issue, there was little new material in the first half of the book. One new tidbit came out of Florida where there are naturalized citizens who immigrated from Cuba running This was a frustrating book for me to read. Voter fraud is an issue that attracts my attention. Everyone should have the right to vote....once. The first half of the book is a compendium of voter fraud tactics that are used by Democrats AND Republicans routinely use to skew election results. Due to my past attention to this issue, there was little new material in the first half of the book. One new tidbit came out of Florida where there are naturalized citizens who immigrated from Cuba running absentee voter fraud rings in areas with lots of senior citizens. Their activities are for the benefit of local/state Republican candidates. Given that they were active in 2000, I think it is legitimate to wonder how much their activities influenced the 2000 Presidential election. (I still think that GW Bush was a better candidate and President than Al Gore regardless of the debate over elections issues.) And then I hit the wall roughly half way through. The theme of the book went from documenting voter fraud to strictly criticizing the Obama administration over the inaction of the various agencies to prosecute people that have violated federal elections laws. A chapter or two about that lack of legal action would have been sufficient. However, the back half of the book makes it much harder to recommend this book to those that are left of center. When we need every political persuasion to participate in securing our elections, how can I recommend a book that so strongly disparages the left? That is essentially the back 1/3 to 1/2 of this book. This dichotomy was so strong that I had to put this book down for several months. Read it for the first half. That part of the book is worth 5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Facts like millions on the voter rolls of all states who are dead and motor voter laws along with absentee balloting this book if accurate is so scary it is beyond belief. The elections we are being told are fare and flawless are shams. Chapters include: The Battle over voter ID and the myth that it intimidates people The chapter on Absentee voters is unreal that we would allow such a loophole. The most striking chapter though is the one on Holder's Justice department. His case with the New Black Pan Facts like millions on the voter rolls of all states who are dead and motor voter laws along with absentee balloting this book if accurate is so scary it is beyond belief. The elections we are being told are fare and flawless are shams. Chapters include: The Battle over voter ID and the myth that it intimidates people The chapter on Absentee voters is unreal that we would allow such a loophole. The most striking chapter though is the one on Holder's Justice department. His case with the New Black Panther Party and dismissal of it after it was won was a grouse injustice and ended the careers of folks who prosecuted it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Sue

    Excellent book on voter fraud and the Justice Dept, and Civil Rights Division bureaucrats and liberal bias. A must read if you're in the elections field. This book reveals some truly horrific things about the voting process in our country. Is there voter fraud? Read the book and you'll have a clue.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Stotts

    This book should be read by every citizen. What is detailed in the book is simply shocking. Vote fraud is not an anomaly, it is endemic. That Mexico has a more secure election system than we have is shameful. We should easily be able to develop electronic systems to track and solve this problem.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy May

    Certainly eye-opening. Since the Russians may have meddled in our last election, this is even more important. I think tightening security at elections, paper backup to voting machines and more strict voter id is more important now than ever.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shiloah

    The extent of voter fraud is appalling and discouraging. I appreciated the insights he included in the end on how to end this madness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Winnifred

    I knew there was voting fraud, but until I read this I never knew how easy it was to accomplish. It is shocking how rampant it is.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina Krogdahl

    This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the integrity of American elections. Well-written and informative.

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    Dave Jones

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